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Zorba the Greek
     

Zorba the Greek

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Director: Michael Cacoyannis

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas

 

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Anthony Quinn's con brio performance as a life-loving Greek laborer drew appreciative audiences to this classic drama, which has been given a loving presentation on DVD for this release. Zorba the Greek has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors.

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Anthony Quinn's con brio performance as a life-loving Greek laborer drew appreciative audiences to this classic drama, which has been given a loving presentation on DVD for this release. Zorba the Greek has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language audio is presented in both a new Dolby Digital Stereo mix and the original single-channel version in Dolby Digital Mono; alternate dubbed Spanish and French tracks appear in Dolby Digital Mono, and optional subtitles in English and Spanish are included. Among the bonus materials are a commentary track from director Michael Cacoyannis, a biographical documentary on Anthony Quinn, an alternate opening sequence, a gallery of production stills, and more.

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A big, brash, popular movie featuring a one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life performance from Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek became famous as much for its catchy, pseudo-ethnic pop music as for its dramatic excesses. Long and somewhat bloated, the entertaining epic is mostly about the relationship between a young British writer (Alan Bates) and the older, gregarious Greek laborer who dominates his stay at his father's mine in Crete. Its main attraction is its zesty, colorful, stunningly photographed examination of an all-embracing Greek culture. Romance, passion, food, drink, song, and grand ideas are all served up with an irresistible flavor in this British production that attracted audiences worldwide, but especially in the United States, where it garnered five Oscar nominations in the same year as My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins. Lila Kedrova won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Zorba's courtesan, and cinematographer Walter Lassally also took home a statue.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
UPC:
0024543115687
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:22:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Michael Cacoyannis; Alternate introduction; "Anthony Quinn: A Lust for Life" as seen on Biography on the A&E network Movietone news footage; Theatrical trailers; Behind-the-scenes still gallery; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, Spanish mono, French mono; English and Spanish subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1, Side A
1. Main Titles [:52]
2. Rain Delay [2:10]
3. Proposition [3:09]
4. Rum and Tea [6:34]
5. Rough Crossing [1:19]
6. Arrival [2:00]
7. Madame Hortense [2:49]
8. Faded Glory [4:44]
9. The Widow's Goat [7:05]
10. Sexual Tension [1:02]
11. Opening the Mine [4:04]
12. Water Into Wine [3:50]
13. Trust [6:05]
14. Zorba's Dance [:25]
15. Fire in the Belly [3:33]
16. The Only Sin [2:16]
17. Twenty Again [6:11]
18. Restraint [:07]
19. Lola [2:56]
20. Zorba's Letter [8:02]
21. The Lovers [3:04]
22. Suicide [2:48]
23. Revenge [4:43]
24. Wedding Vows [5:10]
25. Village Vultures [5:03]
26. "Timber!" [8:26]
27. Freedom [1:02]
28. End Titles [1:58]

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Zorba the Greek 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A bare outline of this film does not do justice to the way in which Anthony Quinn totally and completely dominates this picture and makes it his own. The sheer physical presence of Quinn on screen energizes and illuminates every scene he is in. He owns this movie. The story: Alan Bates plays an Englishman of Greek heritage moving temporarily to Crete to write a book and to attempt to revive an old lignite mine on family property. On the way he meets a Greek farmer called Zorba (Anthony Quinn) who attaches himself to Bates and becomes his friend, helper and confidant as they try and deal with ossified Cretan traditions, a beautiful widow, a stranded French courtesan, an abandoned lignite mine and a scheme to bring logs down from the mountain to use in the mine. What shines clear and strong throughout this film is Zorba's attitude to life, love, failure, ambition and death - he embraces them all fully and with unbridled enthusiasm. Zorba lives each day as though he is to be taken out and shot the next. Although he made many more films, Anthony Quinn was always best known for his role as Zorba. And it is worth buying the movie to see why. It is as though, in so enthusiastically portraying a man who loved life and attacked it with such a soaring passion, Quinn was saying to the audience, ''Look, here, this is the REAL me. Inside the body of Anthony Quinn beats Zorba's heart.'' This film is a wonderful, life-affirming, joyous yet bittersweet cinematic dance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched it about 100 times, I will watch a 100 times more. I had the occasion to meet Mikis Theodorakis, the music and movie blended together nicely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a truly remarkable film. Based on Nicos Kazantzakis' masterpiece novel.